The Art of Listening - to Shema
Does "Hear O Israel" refer to listening or understanding?
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with Rabbi Meyers
About this course:
"The Art of Listening - to Shema" is one of five inaugural courses offered by Talmid-Chaver as part of the launch of our new website; you can enroll in this course alone or choose to bundle it with the four other inaugural courses. The course analyzes the question as to whether the Shema and additional mitzvot associated with recitation require actually hearing that recitation; this particular sugyah requires the learner to keep track of six major stages of the Gemara, in which the assignment of authorship of various mishnayot and baraitot is adjusted and updated throughout the sugyah. A number of tables are utilized to track the logic. The relevant pages are Masechet Berachot 15a-15b.
This course consists of ten videos, averaging 14 minutes in length each, with multiple choice and vocabulary quizzes after most shiurim.
- students enrolled in the course are invited to pose course-related questions to Rabbi Meyers at [email protected], who will make a sincere effort to offer a prompt response
- students who complete the course are encouraged to email us for the long-answer test offered once a student completes the course work.
StartDo You Need to Hear Yourself Say the Shema? (15:44)
StartWho Wrote the Mishna in Terumot? (11:30)
PreviewWho Wrote the Mishna in Terumot - A Visual Update (8:55)
StartWho Wrote the Mishna in Terumot - A Visual Update - Postscript (12:28)
StartConclusion of the Gemara-Rav Chisdah Debate (27:02)
StartIs a Deaf Person's Reading of the Megillah Valid? (23:33)
StartIs a Deaf Person's Megillah Reading Valid ? Pt 2 (20:45)
StartThe Ruling of Rav Chisdah (9:02)
StartThe Parameters of the R. Yehuda-R. Yosi Debate (7:16)
StartWhy is Listening Essential to All Mitzvot? (9:58)
Rabbi Ron-Ami Meyers grew up in a traditional home in Winnipeg, Canada; although he had a solid day school education, his exposure to Gemara began only at the age of 22. Along the way, he encountered seasoned Talmidei-Chachamim whose impressive minds and shiurim often raced ahead of their less experienced students; he understood that there's much to be said for encouraging talmidim to "stretch themselves."
That said, Rav Ron-Ami also benefited from master educators who appreciated the need to make explicit the language, logical structures, and assumptions that Torah scholars have operated with for generations.
Rabbi Meyers has Semicha from Rav Yitzchak Kolitz ZTz"L, Dayan Avraham Kopschitz ZTz"l, and Rabbi Ya'akov Moshe Poupko ZTz"L